Ukrainian Cherry Charlotte

The Ukrainians make a variety of cherry liqueurs. For the charlotte, they use a sweet ratafia. If you aren't in the habit of making your own cherry liqueur, you can use kirsch or cherry brandy.


  • 1 1/2 pounds pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 cup cherry liqueur or kirsch
  • 1/2 pound (about 36) ladyfingers, preferably homemade
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Extra whipped cream and sugar for serving


  1. Put 1 pound of the pitted cherries in a bowl with half the of the sugar and 2 tablespoons cherry liqueur.
  2. Liquidize in the blender the remaining cherries with a few tablespoons of water.
  3. Mix with the rest of the liqueur and use it to MOISTEN the ladyfingers.
  4. Line the bottom and sides of a springform pan with some of the moistened ladyfingers.
  5. Fold the remaining sugar into the whipped cream.
  6. Put a generous layer of cherries over the moistened ladyfingers on the bottom and cover them with a layer of whipped cream.
  7. Cover this with a layer of ladyfingers.
  8. Continue in this way, finishing with a layer of ladyfingers.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator.
  10. Unmold and serve with more sweetened whipped cream.

Serves 4 to 6.

Posted by Olga at Recipe Goldmine 7/25/02 7:49:58 am.

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